Michael Vickers QuickFire Questions

As somewhat of a class clown I was pretty used to being sent out of lessons as a kid, although I did use to write a lot of lyrics to songs in the corridor outside of those lessons.
4 April 2022

By Vanessa B

With the release of two singles in the last couple of months – ‘Don’t Stop’ as well as ‘B Gospel’Michael Vickers has been making a splash on national radio waves and proving himself as a budding artist to watch. 

Delivering a lively and unaffected blend of indie rock and sincere, down-to-earth spoken word rap, clever lyrics and hopeful melodies abound in Vicker’s repertoire. As he promotes ‘Don’t Stop’ featuring Birmingham-based singer-songwriter Isla Wolfe on vocals, Vickers reflects on his journey so far with a few QuickFire Questions.

What first got you into music?

Music was always around me growing up. My Dad would listen and whistle along to Radio 2 in the car whilst driving me to play football on a Sunday morning. My mum’s family are Irish and music was a big part of the parties we’d have. My older brother and sister played guitar and sang. At school, when I was 10, I was told by the headteacher that if I started behaving in class he would teach me how to play guitar – he taught me 2 chords and I had the rest pretty quickly. I’d been playing about 4 weeks when I first performed in front of people at a school assembly

What has your musical journey been like so far?

It’s fair to say I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, acceptions and rejections. From playing Glastonbury and receiving airplay on 6Music, to playing to two people in a shitty pub and everything in between! Still, there’s nothing I’d rather do than make music.

Did the pandemic have an inspirational effect on your creative output? If so, can you tell us how?

As I lost all of my gigs, I realised I had 2 choices. I could either sit at home drinking, smoking and eating crisps, or I could start creating something. I basically wrote about 2 albums worth of stuff (maybe 8 songs worth of solid material. I decided to release 2 songs which I had written recorded and produced myself. I hadn’t ever released anything that I had produced before but it felt the right time. As time stopped, and I couldn’t work or gig, I just made the most of every day, writing as much as I could. As bad a time as it was, there was something very lovely about it all. I think all of this work helped shape my latest releases, which resulted in me receiving airplay on 6Music.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

As somewhat of a class clown I was pretty used to being sent out of lessons as a kid, although I did use to write a lot of lyrics to songs in the corridor outside of those lessons. Apart from the odd slap on the wrist I’ve managed to behave myself, or just not get caught, one or the other. I think it goes without saying that as a gigging musician, if you’re away from home you’re gonna get up to a lot of mischief, it comes with the job and I love that, every now and then you may get caught with something, or someone you shouldn’t be. Still no arrests as of yet though!

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

My Nana told me years and years ago never to worry about the things that you can’t change. “Looking forward is the only way to go.” That’s also the opening lyric from my upcoming single “Nothing Really Matters”.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I have performed all over England, as well as on Cruise ships spanning South Africa, Arab Emirates and Europe. My highlights include Glastonbury Music Festival 2015, 2000 Trees, De Montfort Hall, 6Music Festival, Rough Trade Nottingham, Under The Bridge, O2 Academy Leicester. I am performing at Tiddly Fest, and Access All Areas Festival in Leicester. I am awaiting confirmation on some pretty cool stuff though. I’m not really one to slag off venues, but there’s been a few shockers!

What can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

My next single Nothing Really Matters will be released on 6th May, with its music video following 3 days later. My upcoming EP – Words to that Effect – will follow in early June. It was produced by Groove Machine (Ratboy, Suzi Quattro, Damon Albarn) and mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios! After that, you can expect more music, more gigs, more great lyrics, and more Michael Vickers!